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Aug 8, 2013 5:00pm PDT
democracy, good to see. in washington d.c., the chief political columnist and one house correspondent for newsmax. what are the issues that could fit into something called human rights under the criminal justice system? your time is scarce. tell us what you have written about its implications and ramifications for all of us. >> i am following this case like you are for several years. each time there's something new, it gets more and more unbelievable if you have read kafka or orwell, this is nothing. they say the russian officials stole 230 million. people put him in prison when he testified and he stayed in prison 358 days after he was tortured and almost died. after this campaign started, the united states and europeans want to maybe discuss it. at the same time, russia saw european union will react in the same way the united states did. they decided to judge the dead man, he was found guilty, being dead, and his chief was sentenced to nine years in prison in russia. >> the idea of convicting someone who is dead does seem somewhat bizarre, almost medieval. in terms of talking about
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Aug 19, 2013 5:00pm PDT
than the timeline of the way things are unfolding on the streets of cairo. we come back to washington. >> no, i do not think so, because during the time period we are talking about, a joint diplomatic endeavor with the uae, i believe it was, in cairo, and you had, i think, a kind of very real hope that, as i said earlier, all of this could be put quickly on the rails, and you could avoid this uncomfortable discussion for washington, was it military, was it not, and what you have now is a completely different situation. it is completely radicalized, where you have no apparent room for compromise, and a consistent upping of the rhetoric, i would say -- >> the two u.s. senators, john mccain and lindsey graham, they went to cairo, and they were talking about the military. >> but they are two voices in congress that has taken a quite different view looking at the larger stakes involved. i think for the united states, the larger stakes, what the u.s. government is trying to do, what washington is trying to do is to remind everybody, particularly egypt, that egypt is very delicate, and some
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Aug 29, 2013 11:30pm PDT
in a few days, if washington goes soon it could find itself acting alone. >> the briefing just broke up. has the white house got the backing he needs here at home, if not abroad? like that is a question that will be answered in the coming hours. what we do know is smooth the evidence they presented, they actually said that bashar al- assad's brother may have been involved in the chemical weapons attack alleged on eastern damascus. they said they have intercepted some sort of calls and such removal in before the attack as well. this has not swayed some members of congress, key members of congress. we had bob corker, he says there should be a vote. the libyan campaign, there was no vote for action. >> nathan king in our washington newsroom, thanks. to the united kingdom. it was supposed to be a chance for members of parliament to vote for a british-backed military intervention in syria within days. instead, mp's voted to reject military action. the boat leaves the u.k.'s foreign policy in syria in question. divisions run deep inside of parliament and among the public. >> syrians outside o
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Aug 24, 2013 5:00pm PDT
interests and how washington can advance its objectives in syria. meantime, friday, the u.s. navy had repositioned a ship armed with cruise missiles and the mediterranean. u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said obama has artie asked the pentagon for options on syria. according to cbs news, potential targets include command bunkers and launchers used to fire chemical weapons. up until this point, a red line for the united states, he is under growing pressure to act. u.s. officials have acknowledged there is no conclusive evidence linking the syrian president with this week's alleged chemical attacks. nonetheless, a state department spokesman has also said that washington does not believe the rebels are capable of carrying out chemical attacks. logically, this would lead one to think the white house has found a syrian government guilty of the alleged chemical weapons being used in syria. the media has also played a significant role in recent days, with many outlets looping very sad and shocking video of dead victims in syria while reporting the assumption is the syrian government is be
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Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
a man who spearheaded the civil rights movement. 50 years ago in washington martin luther king delivered a speech in washington. he uttered the words "i have a dream." thousands gathered at the lincoln memorial at the national mall 50 years on. president obama was joined by bill clinton and jimmy carter. obama said king and other civil rights leadee local assemblieses, congress and even the white house. but he also expressed concern for the nation's economic disparities that are widening, not shrinking. >> as always has been noted, black unemployment has remained almost twice as high as white unemployment. latino unemployment close behind. the gap in wealth between races has not lessened, it's grown. >> opinion polls suggest that 79% of african-americans say the country still has a long way to go before it achieves a society free of racial prejudices. >>> i have a dream w those words martin luther king jr. inspired people everywhere to join him in his quest for equal rights for all. 50 years after the speech, people continued to reflect on the importance of his vision. the reverend dr. m
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Aug 30, 2013 5:00pm PDT
of rowing wealth inequality. more on that later. it is friday, august 30. i am megan la paz and washington, d.c.. president obama and his cabinet are still delivering on whether or not the u.s. should become militarily involved in syria and to what extent. six jerry of state john kerry addressed the public reiterating administration rhetoric against bashar all assad. >> our concern is not just about some far off land oceans away. that is not what this is about. are concerned with the cause of the defenseless people of syria is about choices that will direct the effect our role in the world and our interest in the world. it is also profoundly about who we are. we are the united states of america. we are the country that has tried not always successfully but always tried to honor a set of universal values around which we have organized our lives and our aspirations. >> he went on to say the president said in syria will dictate how future regimes treat their people. as of right now president obama says no final decision has been made. >> i have said before and i meant what i said. the world h
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Aug 26, 2013 7:00pm PDT
in here. the western powers and london and paris and in washington, the leaders have been mulling over a military option. we have spoke time and again -- >> the situation with this chemical weapons attack has forced the obama administration to acknowledge, but only the severity of the situation, what also it can only sort of be evasive about what has been meant by crossing this red line. i think that as london and paris publicly ratcheted up the rhetoric about what needs to be done in response, president obama -- there has been a lot of pressure for a variety of reasons for making good on the chemical weapons convention and making clear this kind of attack is inconceivable and unacceptable to the international community. the president understands that his credibility on this issue is at stake and in ways that he really has to balance this against the strong public opinion against any significant intervention. >> descents within the u.s. -- do you sense within the u.s. there is a lot of mounting pressure to take a tough line? >> john mccain is one of the most adamant and eloquent partis
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Aug 28, 2013 7:00pm PDT
people are thought to have been killed. after initial hesitation, washington accused the civil government is not endorsed by the u.n.. although, it has also called for further consideration. we have analyzed the situation. there is, of course, understandable anger, but at the same time, reflection is necessary. the purchased prime minister is ready to take it a step further -- the british prime minister, david cameron, is ready to take it a step further. he is authorized measures to protect syrian civilians. a call for united response. >> cannot be missing in action. the council must unify and act. >> experts say they are unlikely to change that stance. >> i don't see how the counselor could be overcome. the decision remains. the u.s. coalition is likely to bypass it. >> allow time for inspectors to do their job. their mission is expected to last another four days. >> israeli media reports say the government there has authorized people to gear up for a possible retaliation. they were gas masks from various distribution centers set up across the country. officials say demand has tripled in
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Aug 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
weapons, leaders in washington and paris are playing it cautious. syrian intervention? not so fast. we will hear what the world's newspapers have been saying in our media watch segment. in it -- newsroom let's say hello to press. >> the rhetoric on syria, going down a notch, the solution, they say, the goal for a military response. david cameron makes his legal and moral case in the strong opposition against the united nations been unthinkable. one of the most wanted people in india has been arrested. arrested in connection with a series of deadly bombings. >> we start with syria and the united nations council reconvening, coming back from an immediate response. on the ground chemical experts have been at work in damascus and have been called back. washington, london, and paris continued to mull their options. they have promised the country would defend itself against serious aggression. >> on the ground and in the suburbs, recent footage showed a team of weapons inspectors. the un secretary general is keeping a close eye on the events. >> it appears that diplomacy should be given a ch
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Jul 31, 2013 5:30pm PDT
in washington. u.s. secretary of state john kerry mediated. he said the negotiators will hold the next round of talks in two weeks either in israel or the palestinian territories. >> i can assure you that this negotiation and these negotiation, it's not our intention to argue about the past, but to create solutions and make decisions for the future. >> it's time for the palestinian people to have an independent, sovereign state of their own. >> negotiations to create the long sought for palestinian state have endured many stops and starts. the palestinians quit the last round of talks in 2010 to protest against expansion of israeli settlements. they returned to the table after israeli leaders agreed to release more than 100 prisoners. we are joined from jerusalem to discuss why both sides have now agreed to try again. >> reporter: in a nutshell, they have vowed to renewed pressure from the united states. secretary of state john kerry has made middle east peace his priority. he has traveled to the region six times since he took office in february to encourage a return to the negotiation table
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Aug 3, 2013 5:00pm PDT
of ben ghazi, western countries have been on alert. >> we spoke to an expert in washington and he told us more about yemen increasingly becoming a terrorism hot spot. >> according to the little evidence released by the administration that, you know, these threats have to do with al qaeda and yemen and possibly maybe the corroboration of, you know, this intercepted information by the visit here in washington this past week by the president of yemen. so maybe he had some additional information to give credence to these rumored plans. no politician wants to be caught with an attack similar to what we have experienced in the past. this is a very serious step both, whether it's the closure of the embassies or the travel alert, as comprehensive as they both are. this is only the second time, actually, since october, 2011, that the u.s. does that. and it implies that there is a lot more than the usual chatter that has been intercepted. apparently, as has been described as kind of a very serious or significant threat stream, may be more specific than usual. so the u.s. government and other govern
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Aug 6, 2013 6:00am PDT
survey. >>> "the washington post" has been a journalistic icon in the you united states. now the ceo of i.t. giant amazon.com is buying the paper. many traditional u.s. print media have been the targets of acquisition in the age of the digital revolution. "the washington post" has announced that amazon.com founder jeff bezos will buy the paper and its affiliated publications for $250 million. the "washington post" founded in 1877 has been hit by slumping advertising revenue and a loss of subscribers. bezos has said he will ask the "post" executives to remain with the paper. he has indicated that the internet will play a role in any management reforms he may carry out. he has also noted that the internet is transforming almost every aspect of the news business adding that he will need to experiment. the question now is whether the newspaper will be able to rebuild itself under bezos. >>> executives at japanese electronics giant sony have rejected a proposal by a major shareholder to spin-off their entertainment arm. they say the bid is crucial for the firm's growth. the executives made a d
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Aug 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
of psychiatric patients at one-way ticket to california. it is thursday, august 22. 5 p.m. in washington dc. while the obama administration is trying to beat its critics to the punch in the wake of the nsa surveillance scandal, they are coming clean, in a way, anyway. and the ruling that came out in 2011 after the electronic frontier foundation filed a request pretty recently. the court lambasted the nsa for illegally collecting as many as 56,000 e-mails from innocent people each year over three years. then the nsa proceeded to misrepresent the size and scope of that collection. john bates road the 2011 october decision said that the government's revelations regarding the acquisition of internet transactions marks the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program. the secret is out. instead of reporters beating the piÑata, president obama spilled all the candy on the floor presumably so we will get our sugar fix and move on. is it really that simple? i first asked him how all o
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Aug 28, 2013 11:00pm PDT
it will have on the markets. i am phillip yin in washington. >> i am michelle makori. at the nasdaq market in times square in new york. the world's leading exporter of dairy products says it's baby formula is safe after a multimillion dollar recall. >> welcome to the biz asia america. much more on what is happening in syria, but also latin america as well. we will travel to brazil to see what that country's central bank is doing to keep interest rates on hold. a special report on south africa's fight for economic equality. first, the latest from syria. >> u.s.says the u.s. is certai's government carried out chemical weapon attacks near damascus last week. obama said the u.s. had not yet decided whether to go ahead with military intervention. the permanent members of the un security council have held talks on a british resolution that could allow military action in syria, but that meeting has ended in deadlock. full report later on in the program. thousands gathered in washington to pay tribute to a historical day for civil rights in the u.s. 50 years ago, in 1960 three, the march on washin
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Aug 8, 2013 11:30pm PDT
propaganda victory to al qaeda. the jury experts are also saying washington could have been more guarded -- security experts are also saying washington could have been more guarded. >> it was more specific to yemen than a regional concern. in some ways, we did overreact. >> danielle green served in the u.s. military in iraq and afghanistan wars. militants in yemen pose an especially potent threat. >> al qaeda benefits from yemen. the ethnicity of many of its members are of arabic heritage. osama bin laden -- it is close to saudi arabia, there are funding sources from private citizens. >> yemen is on high alert. security has been tightened. multiple checkpoints have been set up and tanks are guarding key installations. the yemeni army has surrounded foreign buildings as well as the airport. the strategic interest to the red sea is also being closely monitored. as muslims celebrate the end of the month of ramen on -- ramadan, the yemeni government says they have foiled a plot by al qaeda. >> the interior ministry has implemented many security plans for safety and stability in yemen
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Aug 26, 2013 5:00pm PDT
of the 1963 march on washington. even though the nation has come a very long way, many feel that the struggle for martin luther king's dream still continues. more on the sights and sounds later in today's show. it's monday, august 26. pam 5 p.m. in washington, d.c. the national security agency was once the most secretive organization in the u.s. now, hardly a day goes by when we don't hear about the nsa's latest scandal. this weekend was no exception. two major headlines ran on the front pages of newspapers around the world this weekend. the first was a revelation that a number of nsa employees were actually using the surveillance program's capabilities to spy on their lovers. or, as they called it, operation love-int. that's according to the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee diane feinstein. there are about one case per year during the past ten years that we know about. and the people who participated were reportedly disciplined. the second major revelation to come out this week, the german publicication report that is the nsa managed to crack the encryption codes protecting th
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Aug 28, 2013 5:00pm PDT
on washington, a day when many americans learned of the dream. 50 years later, is the dream realized? an in-depth look at today's events ahead. it is wednesday, august 28. you are watching rt. we begin with the united states on the verge of military action in syria. today, president obama gave a speech at the lincoln memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington, but more pressing on his mind is how the united states and allies will react to an alleged chemical strike in war-torn syria. the special envoy to syria acknowledged special -- some kind of chemical substance was used outside damascus, claiming the lives of more than 1000 people. nato called the attack a clear breach of norms -- international norms. planning for a round of military strikes against selected targets of the assad. the white house stressed that the goal is not to remove assad from power, but to punish his government for the attacks. president obama is unlikely to find support in the arab world for military strikes against syria. the arab league, though it blames the syrian government and has b
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Aug 29, 2013 5:00pm PDT
-- today's show. it is thursday, august 29. 5:00 p.m. in washington, d.c. you're watching rt. we start with the crisis in syria as the united states and its allies away options for military intervention after the chemical attack last week in damascus. despite denials from the syrian regime, the white house has said it is undeniable president bashar al-assad is behind the attacks, setting the stage for an international brawl. president hassan rouhani of iran said he will press forward with attempts to ward off military action by western nations against president bashar al- assad. he was quoted as saying that military action will bring great cost for the region. it is necessary to apply all effort to prevent it. according to state tv, he said both iran and russia would work in cooperation to prevent any military action against syria. meanwhile, the united states and its allies continue to pair for a potential strike. president obama told pbs yesterday he did not want a prolonged military intervention. >> if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across
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Aug 1, 2013 6:00am PDT
adds that he has invited sharif to come to washington to meet wh president barack obama. washington is aiming for complete withdrawal of its combat troops from afghanistan by the end of 2014. it's apparently keen to mend the relationship with pakistan which has great influence over the security and reconstruction of its neighbor. >>> the philippines and vietnam are both locked in territorial disputes with china in the south china sea. the foreign ministers met in manila on thursday. they agreed to aush asean member countries to speed up negotiations with china to establish a legally binding code of conduct that would prevent major conflict. rosario of the philippines plan to ask for cooperation from other member nations. when the asean ministry conference is held in thailand later this month. at june's meeting in brunai, ministers agreed to hold talks in september, but member nations are not equally enthusiastic about the issue. those which are not in territorial disputes shy away from confrontation and value economic ties with china. other members worry that negotiations will drag
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Aug 7, 2013 5:30pm PDT
at loggerheads over the decision to grant fugitive edward snowden temporary asylum. washington admits that decision was a factor behind the cancellation of a moscow summit between president barack obama and president vladimir putd en. the one on one meeting was supposed to take place next month ahead of the g-20 summit in st. petersburg. white house officials say obama will go to the g-20 meeting. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues that a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> she also cited the gap between the two sides on missile defense, nuclear disarmament and human rights, but she says that the u.s. is committed to dialogue with moscow. she said her government will host a meeting of russian and foreign defense ministers on friday as scheduled. many senior u.s. lawmakers have supported obama's decision. washington says it will continue demanding snowden's extradition. putin's presidential aide is disappointed at the summit cancellation. he said the decision clearly shows the u.s. is not prepared to develop relations
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Aug 12, 2013 5:30pm PDT
and deep south. drenching rain could batter the areas like new york city and washington, d.c. on your tuesday. across the side of the continent, dry weather continues. in fact very dry across the northwest. the wildfires have been reported and unfortunately more wildfires could occur due to strong winds and low humidity. temperatures will be 27 degrees in seattle and 27 as well in los angeles. it's going to cool down in chicago into the mid-20s as well as toronto and cooling down also in washington, d.c. on tuesday. all right. finally in europe then not much change since yesterday. lots of severe weather is happening in some places and dry across the south and temperatures are going to be quite mild in many areas such as berlin, 21 degrees for the high. 24 in wars ow. and at 19 degrees for you in london. but the iberian peninsula is still on the hot side. 35 for you in madrid with plenty of sunshine. here's the extended forecast. >>> and that is all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks very much for joining us.  >> i'm the executive vice president
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Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm PDT
in washington, d.c. they were protesting against domestic surveillance by america's intelligence agencies. >> you have a government that's always watching you or even has the ability to, that will prevent people from acting freely and saying what they think. >> i understand national defense and everything, but not at the expense of privacy for american citizens. >> reporter: the practice is widespread, and it's not only the intelligence agencies working on national security that are doing it. in pennsylvania, police departments hunt criminals with pictures from security and other cameras, entering them into a facial recognition system. this is where pennsylvania's system is run. this surveillance camera picture shows someone facing to the side. it can be modified to a front-facing image. >> there's five major points, and then these green and gray are secondary points. when you feel that you have the points lined up pretty well, the system makes a 3-d image. you put it in neutral pose. >> reporter: then it is compared with photos in the state's databases. they hold images of people who hav
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Aug 23, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, august 23 in washington, d.c. we start our newscast in yemen where the countries leaders have requested drone technology in order to increase the country cost defend -- the country's defense against militants. weeks after american drone strikes hit the country nine times in a two-week period. the u.s. and other western countries closed a number of embassies as a result of and i qaeda threat -- as a result of an al qaeda threat. according to the associated press, the president said the u.s. jones had been carrying out attacks in yemen in accordance with an agreement to combat terrorism. it was signed by the u.s. and former yemeni president after the september 11 attacks. the u.s. acknowledges it has a drone program which is conducted from within the country. it does not disclose information about individual strikes. whethenow to an ongoing issue oe nsa. it has been the subject of controversy since the lakes of edward snowden which demonstrated the agency was spying on american citizens and breaking court order drills to do so. in a new interview, president obama said this over -- about
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Aug 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
vomit if, in fact, a chemical attack has actually happened. in a less formal statement, washington officials have said that we have seen all of this before. in fact, discussing this back or in the bush administration, saying that the bush administration pointed to weapons of mass distraction, which were never found in a rat, and yet that led to an occupation and 10 years plus of united states involvement in the country, so russian officials urging caution, that they do not want to see a repeat of the situation in syria, and they are basically asking the u.s. to hold off until the u.n. investigation has taken place and they know more about the situation. >> despite harsh rhetoric against this theory in government and the u.s. military waiting for a green light to attack, it appears the americans do not want an intervention. are what the latest polls. a small percentage want their president to act, but about 60% say america should not stay away -- i mean, it should stay away civil war in syria. but there is a statement that obama should do more for the rebels then just send them on,
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Aug 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
:00 p.m. in washington dc. we start with the latest from syria. u.s. officials have laid the groundwork for a possible military attack. here is chuck hagel speaking to the bbc on the department of defense's preparedness. >> the u.s. department of defense is ready to carry out those options. if that would occur, it would occur with coordination of international partners. >> a response to a chemical weapons attack that occurred outside of damascus on august 21. the international allies say it is undeniable that the syrian president and his regime launched those attacks. the syrian foreign minister said he rejects "utterly and completely" that they have used chemical weapons. they have been moved closer to the shores of syria. intervention in the sovereign country is quite unpopular with americans. 42% do not think we should intervene. ponty eight percent believe we should and 30% say they do not know. cnn is reporting military strikes could begin as early as thursday. to colombia where agricultural workers are taking to the streets to protest the government's farming policies. what starte
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Aug 28, 2013 6:00am PDT
a dream speech at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c. on august 28th, 1963. >> i have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream -- >> his historic speech electrified millions of americans fighting for civil rights. he received the nobel peace prize the following year for his tireless work. but during a visit to tennessee in 1968, he was shot and killed. he was just 39 years old. on saturday, thousands gathered in washington to commemorate his historic speech. 50 years on, some americans feel king's dream of racial equality is just that, they say discrimination still exists in the u.s. and they point to controversial policing tactic in new york as a prime example. nhk world has the story. >> 25-year-old nicholas pert was one of the members of class action lawsuit. they took the department to task over a tactic known as stop and frisk. >> it's a hostile experience to be stopped and frisked. you have every right to be upset. >> reporter: one of millions
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Aug 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
at the mountain, the order was jefferson, washington, and lincoln. believe it or not, jefferson was on the other side of washington for 18 months. after 18 months of work, they just got done doing his nose, they're working on his mouth, and they ran into some bad rock. they couldn't carve it. there was only one thing to do. borglum had his men go up there, drill behind jefferson, pack it full of dynamite, and they blew jefferson right off the mountain. now, the order changed. they moved jefferson where he is today, that moved lincoln down further where he is, and now they had room to add theodore roosevelt. >> how much further? >> oh, not too far. got to go up the stairs, and we're gonna be there. >> how'd the workers get up here? >> well, believe it or not, it was a climb of over 760 stairs every morning from down by the studio, walk right up this way. and then in 1936, the upgraded train-car system would carry five people. so you got a free ride up in the morning, walked down at night. are you ready? >> all right, let's go. >> okay. >> on the way up, we passed the remains of an old pipeline. i
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Aug 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
in egypt and events these past few days have strained relations between washington and cairo. there are even growing calls for total rethinks surrounding aid which the united states provides egypt. "france 24"'s correspondent phillip joins us now. phillip, what sort of noises have been made there in d.c. vis-a-vis the situation in egypt? >> well, tell you what, no change of opinion from the obama administration, which has kept largely quiet about this. but there are a lot of u.s. senators now voicing their opinions about a potential suspension of any aid going to egypt, maybe a temporary postponement. that is the $1.5 billion in total aid per year that goes from the united states to egypt, most of that military aid. that's $1.3 billion per year. now, those voiceness the senate come from all sides, largely republican, and they include senators john mccain and lindsey graham. remember, they were the two senators who were in fact sent to cairo by president barack obama to discuss things, to maybe come up with a domestic solution. deputy secretary of state burns was also there. a
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Aug 23, 2013 7:00pm PDT
on in washington for a year and a half. this idea of airstrikes. this situation is so confused, murky, and all full. they don't know what effect that would have and if it would change dynamics on the ground. maybe it is too late for syria. that is what i hear from those up until a few months ago were very enthusiastic about the u.s. involvement in syria. >> you say you don't know what the effect will be but the point of fact is that we don't rightly know if there was a chemical attack. it has not been certified. he says he believes it is a chemical attack on a large scale that happened early wednesday, but the team of united nations inspectors need to get across town, says william hague. >> we are focused on getting the u.n. team there. that is the sequence of steps in the coming days. i am not going to speculate about after that at the moment. >> he will not speculate on what happens after that. >> it is hard for me to see a british official talking about that in a decade, the invasion of iraq on an extremely flimsy sexed up dossier. britain greenlighted an invasion by the u.s.. one-party here fee
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Aug 27, 2013 7:00pm PDT
and its capability is likely to be muted. washington committed much of the hardware to libya in 2011 and its firepower outstrips that of its allies, the uk and rance. the u.s. navy has four destroyers in the mediterranean equipped with tomahawk missiles which have been used in previous conflicts such as the invasion of iraq in 2003. the deployment is far from straightforward. >> it would be incredibly difficult to do to make sure strikes are precise and on target. and actually hit what is required to be hit, the chemical weapons sites or whatever and to make sure there is no collateral damage. >> the main targets are likely to be the suspected chemical weapons stock piles and production sites. the u.s. and its allies could meet resistance. syria has one of the most capable antiaircraft missile defenses. the surface to air missile. war planes and military transporters have been spotted in britain in cyprus located 160 kilometers from the syrian coast. >> in brazil, a reshuffle and easing tensions with bolivia. relations soured after a diplomat admitted he helped a senator wanted on co
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Aug 4, 2013 5:00pm PDT
countries as well as issuing the global travel warning for its citizens. a high-level meeting in washington pointing to a potential threat emanating from the arabian peninsula. >> we are taking it seriously. you would expect us to do that. we are reacting to it. >> the threat to western interests wanting others to germany, the united kingdom, and france closing their embassies in yemen for the next two days. paris warning french citizens to remain vigilant. >> we have been informed directly and indirectly of threats that concern our missions abroad as well as our citizens. they come from al qaeda. >> it is the first time since the 10th anniversary of 9/11 that the u.s. has taken such action. the focus on now qaeda was reinforced even further on saturday. interpol issuing a global alert after a string of gel breaks in nine countries. -- jailbreaks in nine countries. >> intelligence officials say the thread focuses on the al qaeda affiliate in yemen. for more on this, let's head to the yemeni capital. benjamin, what is the situation where you are? >> the situation is quite calm. >> tell us a
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Aug 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
evil. >> go back to washington. that is part of the problem. there was no point in going to the summit. not only the issues that have been mentioned but also obama's idea of reducing the nuclear arsenal. the trade agreement has gotten lost in the controversy. imagine a beginning, today we have a high level meeting between kerry and the senators of the state. you cannot stop this relationship. these are two nuclear powers. as you have said yourself, they have their finger in every pie. certainly, one has been made and nobody is coming out the winner. >> it is a kind of a small win- win situation. for cutin, it is always good to show his win inside of russia. for internal consumption, it is great. barack obama has a problem with his foreign-policy. it is not consistent. there is the coup d'État in egypt. it is not a coup d'État because it is our guys. snowden, it is the same. obama is doing russia bashing over human rights. every single issue, american foreign policy is impossible to explain. it's i think staging a confrontation gives people a strong image that we have a red line. this
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Aug 22, 2013 11:30pm PDT
is in question. they are angry with washington. but while the west has been troubled, russia has moved in to offer military and economic support. >> russia used it to find out where they were. egypt will keep using this need to get the utmost of its relations. >> with our new foreign-policy, it will be a well-balanced relationship between egypt and the other major powers. china, russia, the u.s.. we already understand that concentrating on a given country is not good. >> the african union tries to negotiate with little success. egypt has clashed publicly with over what it sees as undue interference. these are tiring times, and worrying, too. >> it has been adopted in tunisia, libya, and the entire world is watching closely, the developments in egypt. >> the operator of the crippled fukushima nuclear plant says workers need help to stabilize and safely decommissioned damaged reactors. two more storage tanks had been found to be leaking radioactive water. it has been building up ever since the 2011 senomyx regard a triple meltdown. we talked to frightened nearby residents. >> since the a
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Aug 10, 2013 4:00pm PDT
for a historic speech, but this memorial usually leaves visitors speechless. lauren visits a site in washington that you probably see every day. >> got a penny? then you have a copy of one of our most moving national memorials. [ cash register dings ] the image of president abraham lincoln and his memorial are also etched onto the $5 bill, but the contribution lincoln made to this country can't be measured in dollars and cents. >> lincoln was the person who persevered the most. he's the one who was the glue, in essence, that kept this country from falling apart and separating into two very different countries. >> lincoln saw the nation through its biggest crisis -- the civil war. he decided the only way to survive as the united states was to abolish slavery. his most famous speech, the gettysburg address, is inscribed on the south wall. national parks spokesperson bill line says visitors are visibly moved by the power of lincoln's words. >> part of what is written there as to how he realizes that the nation is on the precipice of possibly falling apart, of possibly dividing into two nations and
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Aug 20, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. this was in transit as he was making his way back to brazil. the labor mp joining us from washington, journalist and columnist here in the studio. we are pleased to welcome back the french chapter of amnesty international. they are security analyst for all of eastern europe? >> the mediterranean black sea. we were discussing at the end of part one, the issue of how much the motivations were behind the british decision, and it was made at the beginning, wondering aloud over whether or not the uk was doing this on its own or in collusion or under the instructin of the united states. the guardian published another story that shows british intelligence got 100 million pounds of payments for intelligence gathered over three years. it found that 60% of the uk's high-value intelligence is based on an essay and product or derived from an essay collection. the official reports are distillations of this raw intelligence. and if you at that story to the nine hours of custody, many are recalling images of the start of your rack war. tony blair was george bush's poodle. the nickname haunted him throughout th
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Aug 1, 2013 2:00pm PDT
center in seattle, washington. >> hi. how are you doing? i'm dr. kletter. nice to meet you again. >> mcfarland: a pediatric endocrinologist specializes in diagnosing and treating precocious puberty. >> can you give me a high five? and the parents should bring the kid to the physician to have an assessment. if he or she suspect there is precocious puberty, they will either order the appropriate test or make the necessary referral to a specialist. >> mcfarland: dr. erica eugster is a professor of pediatrics and the director of pediatric endocrinology at riley hospital for children at indiana university health. >> before the child's put into a room, the height and weight are obtained and they're plotted on the growth chart, and the child's obviously blood pressure and pulse are measured. >> we're going to go around here to see how tall you are, okay? >> and then we have a way of staging pubertal development in children, which is called the tanner stages. and so we tanner stage the breast development. we tanner stage pubic hair. if it's a boy, we actually measure testicular volume. at the e
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Aug 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
's prison sentence for tax fraud. u.s. whistleblower edward snowden slams washington has he finally leaves the moscow airport where he was hold up four weeks. the syrian president, bashar al- assad, makes a rare public appearance, proclaiming victory. welcome. italy's five highest -- italy's highest court has upheld silvio berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud. the former prime minister is unlikely to spend any time behind bars. kathleen clifford has more. >> his voice shaking, berlusconi described himself in a video statement as a victim of an incredible series of accusations and trials that had nothing to do with reality. on thursday, the country's top court upheld the former prime minister's conviction in a tax fraud case that first went to trial in 2006. after a three-day hearing, the ruling confirmed the verdict from a lower court. the sentencing is automatically reduced to one year under amnesty. a five-year ban on public office am a handed down as part of the original sentence, was upheld. thursday's outcome could throw italy's already fragile coalition into turmoil and potentially
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Aug 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
america. widespread heavy showers across the eastern third of the u.s. including washington, d.c., as well as new york city, and on friday heavy rain will linger in the southeast and northeastern part of the u.s. and southeastern canada. now on thursday some small tornadoes are possible. now across the midsection of the u.s., this is the area series of a low pressure system is moving through. isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are going to be a problem into your friday. showers are likely for the southwest and mostly dry across the northwest. temperatures are pleasant, though, in seattle at 21 degrees for you. scorching hot across the south. that's 37 in houston and oklahoma city. finally in europe then across western europe, quite high temperatures. yesterday the mercury hit 34 degrees in heathrow airport in london. and in paris you saw the high going up to 35 degrees. i want to show you this video coming out from paris. after scorching july temperatures well above average, paris baked under the sun on thursday rocketing temperatures have driven sunbathers to cool off in fountain
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Aug 7, 2013 11:00pm PDT
washington is providing an additional 100 and 95 million dollars -- 100 $95 million in humanitarian and food aid to syrian rebels. it is coinciding with the new contribution that brings humanitarian aid to over $1 billion since the crisis began in 2011. according to the u.s. state department, the aid will include food assistance come expand lifesaving medical capabilities, and provide additional hygiene kits, clothing and household supplies. the humanitarian aid follows recent approval of a usaid package of weapons aimed at reversing recent battlefield gains buy president of charlotte side. -- president bashar al-assad. obama was responding to new threats from al qaeda that led the u.s. to close 19 diplomatic outpost and evacuate the u.s. embassy in yemen. >> the end of the war in afghanistan does not mean the end of the war -- the end of threats to our nation. as i have said before, even as we decimated the al qaeda dealership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our bus
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Aug 8, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, and that is to defend japan. >> roos says leaders in tokyo and washington must implement the u.s. military realignment plans that have been agreed upon. he argue us this would reduce the impact of american bases on okinawa. relocating the u.s. futenma air station in okinawa is part of the plan. roos became the first u.s. ambassador to japan to attend ceremonies marking the bombings in hiroshima and nagasaki. >> president obama, as you know, has promoted an agenda of elimination of all nuclear weapons. i had no doubt that the president would support that decision to go, which he did. >> roos says it will be an honor for obama to visit hiroshima during his presidency. >>> chinese patrol vessels circled japanese territorial waters around disputed islands for 28 hours until they finally left. this was the longest intrusion by their government vessels since japan nationalized the senkaku islands last september. officials of the japan coast guard says four chinese coast guard patrol vessels entered japanese waters in the east china sea on wednesday morning. they remained there until noon on thursday. a ship
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Aug 9, 2013 6:00am PDT
in new york city and washington, d.c. thunderstorms for you in oklahoma city and then down to the south, it's really like soup here. so humid and so hot, those heat indices are going to be into the 40s for you in louisiana as well as along the gulf here. it will feel very, very hot. do take care. it's going to be affecting you. i'll leave you with your extended forecast. >>> that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo. from all of us here at nhk world, thanks for joining us. enjoy your day. >>> a group of indonesian transgender people parade through the streets wearing traditional st
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Aug 15, 2013 11:30pm PDT
there as opposed to here in washington, d.c. i need your help though. explain to us for -- how for the past 20 years, or you can go all the way back to world war ii if you want, give us the historical perspective on this relationship . >> certainly, since world war ii, relations between china and japan have been very strange. the chinese still remember a lot of the atrocities committed by the japanese imperial army to many chinese. there is certainly not a lot of respect and rapport among the chinese chinese and japanese people. that being said, trade is one area where they have broken down a lot of cultural social areas because of the ideas that strong, improved economic relations will create -- >> what is the problem? i mean, i have spoken to a lot of people, obviously from the chinese side about this. one of the sticking points is that they feel that japan, number one, isn't sorry, and they haven't taken the position to apologize. very similar to what germany did to a lot of other countries and nationalities during world war ii. do you think that is an accurate assessment? >> can you repeat
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Aug 16, 2013 6:00am PDT
with a high of 24, washington, d.c. up into the 20s. really mid to high 20s across the board in much of the great lakes towards the northeast. by next week it's going to look more like denver. we have high pressure working its way in from the west bringing warmer air with it. here in europe the main topic here is the high pressure. that is dominating much of central and eastern europe. some pop-up storms down towards south. a few could provide gusty winds, up to about 65 kilometers per hour. but the other threat is the train of storms off to the north. one low pressure area after another. we have this one here moving over the scandinavian peninsula going to bring showers with it. even this cold front dipping down towards the south. another system's going to come in from the west off the atlantic, impact the british isles on saturday going into sunday. but really what these are also going to be doing, they're going to usher in cold air. right now, london, you have relatively cooler temperatures, 21 for your high. but in paris and berlin, those temperatures are going to start to work t
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Aug 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
the people. >> analysts say this call for compromise reflects washington's position that unity between the united states, south korea and japan is essential to stability in east asia. >>> two weeks have passed since the japanese government acknowledged that contaminated groundwater from the fukushima nuclear plant might be leaking into the ocean. the government and the plant's operator are now doing everything they can to stop the leaks with a series of counter measures. experts warn that there are more pressing issues than just focusing on the groundwater. nhk world's yoichiro tateiwa has more. >> reporter: crews at fukushima daiichi have spent days working on the latest stopgap measure. they've been driving long pipes into the ground at the nuclear plant. they will use the pipes to pump up tons of radioactive groundwater before it reaches the ocean. but they admit they can't capture all of the tainted water. two weeks ago, government officials said that hundreds of tons of groundwater flow from a mountain through the site every day. 400 tons filters into the reactor buildings. the of
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Aug 19, 2013 5:30pm PDT
washington's position that unity between the united states, south korea and japan is essential to stability in east asia. >>> workers at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant are busy mopping up contaminants. they found that highly radioactive water was leaking from at least one storage tank. workers found about 120 liters of water just outside a low wall around tanks at reactor four. they detected 100 millisieverts per hour of radiation near the surface of the water. the maximum exposure limit for nuclear plant workers is 50 millisieverts per year. the water was leaking through a pipe used to discharge rain water from the wall. the workers closed a valve on the pipe and the leak stopped. officials from the nuclear regulation authority are investigating the leak. they've instructed the people at tepco to collect soil samples and quickly determine the cause. crews tried to control the plant need to be on guard every day because of the hazards they face. two more workers have been exposed to radiation above the safety limit. it's the second such incident in a week. the workers were waiting for
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Aug 20, 2013 5:00pm PDT
alternatives? we will have to wait and see. in washington, sam sacks, rt. >> switzerland has a new tourist attraction. this one is more like amsterdam's read like -- red light district than the majesty of the swiss alps. this is a drive in sex box. yes, i said it. a are attempting to promote safe sex practices for both sex workers as well as for their customers. essentially, they drive into a box as if it were a car wash and they get your pipes cleaned, if you know what i mean. . it only gets better. the service does not come for free. neither for the customer nor the government. the swiss government spent 1.5 million pounds or about 2,000,300 $55,000 to build these boxes open from early evening until 5:00 a.m. -- $2,355,000. they will be forced to buy a work ticket every night in order to conduct business. he must also register with a health insurer. don't worry. there is a safety alarm located in the box if things get out of hand. ok. so what? these women are working for their money. think about this. the latest u.s. state department report about switzerland raising huge about human traf
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Aug 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
confirmation. kennedy spoke in washington at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech and cited what she called an old japanese proverb. the water flows on, but the river remains. encouraging people to work together for a better world. >> now it's our turn to live up to our parents' dream, to draw renewed strength from what happened here 50 years ago >> her father, john f. kennedy, was u.s. president when king delivered the speech, calling . for an end to racial discrimination. >>> japan's railway engineers have a long track record in developing high speed trains. shinkansen trains first started crisscrossing the country 50 years ago. the fastest bullet train in service reaches speeds of 300 kilometers per hour. engineers are now conducting test runs of a new train. the l-0 can travel at 500 kilometers per hour. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the l-0 uses a technology developed in japan to race over long distances at superfast speeds. it's called superconducting magnetic levitation. officials have just opened a new track for test runs in centr
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Aug 30, 2013 6:00am PDT
's agenda this week. visiting the philippines may ease concerns among u.s. allies that washington's focus is being pulled back towards the middle east. it also sends a message to china that the importance of asia remains a priority to the united states. nhk world, manila. >>> it was hot and sunny in tokyo, but it wasn't that way in western japan. the area was hit by heavy rainfall and even flooding. for more we turn to meteorologist robert speta. robert. >>> yeah. let's first start off talking about what is going on out here across the sea of japan coastline with this front that is pushing through here. we also have a tropical storm out there in the east china sea. but this is really dropping some tremendous amount of rainfall there in western kyushu, reports up yards about 300 millimeters in the past 24 hours. the rain's really coming down out here, even into the hokuriku region. you can see the cloud cover continuing to stream onshore with the stationary boundary. and that is just pushing the rainfall on shore into the mountains there and it's resulting in some flooding. show you video
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